too much typing—since 2003


if it gets too loud we can turn the levels down

Does the "Irish" stereotyping of the Lucky Charms leprechaun bother you as much as it bothers me? I guess the lack of outcry is just more proof that the Irish Anti-Defamation League is drunk again. (Ha. Blatantly stolen from yellojkt...)

Anyway, before he rose to semi-fame as engineer for Interpol, Peter Katis was in the Philistines Jr. with his brother Tarquin. This song - more or less the title track from their album Analog vs. Digital (the song and album have different subtitles: the song's is "Peter vs. Tarquin," the album's is, uh, very long and in the ID3 tag) - is one of the better self-referential recordings I know of.

Katis is, of course, not the only musician who went on to greater fame behind the boards. I offer you "Decline and Fall" by Sneakers - which featured a disturbingly young-looking Mitch Easter (who, of course, went on to produce the first few R.E.M. and Game Theory albums, and whose sadly underheralded band Let's Active released a handful of fine, slightly tweaked '80s-style guitar-rock records: I avoid the "j*ngle" word). Sneakers was a bit of a pre-all-star band: Easter's songwriting foil was Chris Stamey, eventually of the dB's. (Speaking of which: Stamey has reunited with the original dB's lineup, including Peter Holsapple, to record a new album due out, I believe, early next year. Two tracks are available for download at the dB's website: one for free, one for a charitable donation to a fund to help musicians rendered homeless by Katrina.)

The Philistines Jr. "Analog vs. Digital, or Peter vs. Tarquin"
Sneakers "Decline and Fall"


Anonymous said...

all along, we had big problems with my brother...
And I thought that after I picked up the only copy of "the continuing struggle of the philistines jr" at a table at the indie rock flea market in Arlington VA in 1993 that I was about the only person on earth to know about them outside of wherever in connecticut they were from.

2fs said...

There are actually a fair number of relatively well-known musician types on the CD - Adam Pierce (Swirlies, the Dylan Group, Mice Parade) plays drums and percussion, and one track features solos from a zillion different folks including Moby and several other people (at the time, Moby was relatively obscure, mind you). But I can't claim any real discovery or curiosity credit on this one: the CD came my way back when I was reviewing for the old Milk magazine. So blame/thank Josh Modell, currently at The Onion and freelancing for Magnet, who was Milk's editor, for that one! Actually, I have his address in Chicago, if you want to hunt him down and make him do obscene dances at gunpoint or anything.